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Presenting research findings in English (Dr. Webeck)

e3 would like to invite you to the intensive course "Presenting research findings in English" organized by e3 and Environmental Engineering Division. Dr. Elizabeth Webeck from Tohoku University

is invited to teach the course.
Course will focus on developing skills for using English effectively in the academic environment.
Participants will be equipped with a set of techniques for writing and presenting research well in English,
which will help build confidence to perform impressively on the global academic stage.  It will also discuss
the ethics of presenting research both orally and in print.
Key words: logic, idea development, academic style, persuasion, research ethics
Instructor:     Dr. Elizabeth Webeck
Associate Professor, Interdepartmental Doctoral Degree Program for Multi-dimensional Materials Science Leaders, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University
Dates: February 21~24, 2017
Venues: Faculty of Engineering, Main building, A101, A1-17
Language: English
Credits: 1 credit, intensive course
Participants: Students of Graduate School of Engineering (TOEIC level of over 670 is advised for non e3 students)
Preliminary registration: please fill the form on-line or send to eprogram ( at) your Name, Division, Program and Year.
Deadline: February 13, 2017

Course timetable and venues:





Feb 21 (Tue)

Class 1

Class 2


Feb 22 (Wed)

Class 3

Class 4


Feb 23 (Thu)

Class 5

Class 6


Feb 24 (Fri)

Class 7

Class 8 (45 min+individual feedback)


This is a 1 credit intensive course (elective). Students of Graduate School of Engineering can register a credit for this course through the Academic Affairs Office after attending.

Course Requirements: In order to obtain a credit participants are expected to attend all sessions, actively participate, and complete all the assignments.

Assignments:  One well-written abstract, one logical well-developed paragraph, a paragraph explaining data in a graph, impromptu presentation and follow-up Q and A

Course Outline

Class 1: What is logic and how do we use it? Introducing the expressions appropriate for expressing certain types of ideas in academic English. After skim reading a text, students will develop a short summary of main ideas, and link the ideas effectively using logic. (Topic: Borders)

Class 2: How do we choose what kind of sentences to use?   Various sentence types will be practiced, with a focus on what kind of sentences should be used as topic sentences and in support. The rules of writing for good communication using these sentences will be discussed.

Topic: Labour and freedom of movement

Students will write a variety of sentence structures to represent various logically organized ideas. (Topic: Gates - Innovation to help the poor)

Class 3: Practice. After skim reading, students will focus on a set of sentences, and practice combining ideas using academic logic and transition. This will be extended to paragraph writing, using a variety of sentences and appropriate transition. (Elon Musk – the Tesla Battery & Colonizing Mars)

Class 4: How to ask and respond to questions effectively and intelligently. Using rhetoricals and structure to ask questions effectively, and to respond persuasively. Discussion and counter arguing (Topic: Breaking through the Frontiers of Science)

Class 5: Making interesting presentations. Use the structures and the logic to tell clear, well-developed stories in quickly prepared presentations in the classroom. Follow using the Q and A structures taught earlier. Use the same structures to develop quick paragraphs. Topic: Obokata and using animals in research)

Class 6: Explaining graphs and other data. Using a variety of expressions to compare, contrast and explain results. Write your own paragraph using such expressions with a given graph.

Class 7: Writing abstracts and introductions. Work on writing/improving abstracts and on writing interesting, properly structured introductions.

Class 8: Review.


There will be some homework each day to prepare for the next day, but minimal.

Grading system

25%   abstract;
25%   paragraph(s);
25%   Impromptu presentation and questions;
25%   Active participation



Will be provided.



Background knowledge:


Additional Information

TOEIC level of over 670 is advised

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